Spectrum Group International, Inc. entered the fine wine market in 2009 and now Spectrum Wine Auctions delivers a worldwide buying, selling, and appraisal venue for collectors of fine, and rare wines. Live auctions are held in premier locations including London, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles, in addition to online. Spectrum Wine Auctions have totaled $65 million in total sales in just the past four years.
A senior consignment director and wine specialist for Spectrum Wine Auctions is Dan Rhodes, who many wine enthusiasts know from his years at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa where he was responsible for buying, selling, and promoting French wines as well as teaching wine classes.
Spectrum Wine Auctions employs an advanced website technology that is both informative and functional, making it easy to research available wines and bid online. Lots are viewable as high-resolution images with 360-degree technology. Scores and tasting notes from trusted critics are included. Visit Spectrum Wine to view the offered wines and download the latest auction catalog.
More recently, a boutique wine shop, Spectrum Wine Retail, has opened, featuring unique artisan fine wines both foreign and domestic. There are many blue-chip classics, along with unique discoveries that make perfect host gifts for wine lovers. The shop has friendly wine specialists to assist you. Prices range from under $10 (a Cherrier Sancerre Blanc, for example) to well over $500 (Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet for example). The retail shop is at 1063 McGaw Ave., at the end of McGaw Avenue at the 55 Freeway, right off of Red Hill in Irvine. The store is open weekdays from 12 to 5 p.m. Wines are also sold online at Spectrum Wine.